Analysis of dissolved humic substances in eutrophic waters using the fluorescence of natural samples: Calculations and experiments

K. H. Mittenzwey, R. Reuter, A. Gitelson

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Theoretical analyses and experiments have been performed for rapid detection of dissolved humic substances in surface waters. The fluorescence has been generated by a nitrogen laser in a laboratory. An optical model has been developed, which has been applied to eutrophic waters around Berlin. The model is based on the assumption, that humic substances and phytoplankton dominate the fluoresence behaviour of the investigated waters. To verify the results of the model, regression analyses between fluorescence data of natural samples and the chemical oxygen demand of filtrates have been conducted. When green and red fluorescence values and the green fluorescence decay time were considered, a maximum squared correlation coefficient of typically 0.85 occured.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalInternationale Revue der Gesamten Hydrobiologie
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1996



  • Eutrophic waters in germany
  • Fluorescence
  • Humic acid
  • Phytoplankton

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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